Danny Care will be left off England’s squad for the Six Nations tournament following his arrest for drunk driving, the Rugby Football Union said.
Care, 25, was arrested in the early morning of New Year’s Eve, his second alcohol-related offense in three weeks. England interim manager Stuart Lancaster made the decision after meeting with the Harlequins scrum-half, whose actions he called “completely unacceptable,”
“The club and England are deeply disappointed with Danny’s actions and will not tolerate this type of behavior,” the RFU said in a statement.
Care said in the statement that he “accepted that I made a very bad decision” and would not contest the charge when he appears in court Jan. 16.
“I do understand the need for England players to be role models in the game and have tried to live up to that at all times, but have made a couple stupid decisions in the past weeks,” Care, who will also be fined 10,000 pounds ($16,000) by his club Harlequins, said. “I can only hope for the chance in the future to prove those decisions were the exception not the rule. I am devastated because my actions have let so many people down.”
Care missed last year’s World Cup with a foot injury after helping England capture its first Six Nations title since 2003. England will announce the Six Nations squad on Jan. 11, with the opening match in Scotland on Feb. 12.